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Does God have a form as seen by John the Apostle?

Revelation 4 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A ...
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What is the difference between the Jehovah Witnesses and Pentecostal Churches?

Is there any dogmatic difference between Jehovah Witnesses Churches and Pentecostal Churches? Are they one and the same as far as beliefs are concerned? Untill recently I thought both the Churches ...
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What are the natures of the different “priesthoods” mentioned in the old testament

In the old testament, there are three (maybe more?) references to a priesthood. Genesis 14:18 Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.) 19 ...
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What happens when a Protestant doesn't tithe?

I heard in another question that some Protestants have to tithe. That is, they must give one-tenth of their salary, or more broadly, a specific amount or percentage. That seems a bit strange to me, ...
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Is it true that Luther claimed Popes and priests commonly practiced sodomy?

This is a simple historical Q & A question regarding the rumor that Luther made this fairly inflammatory accusation.  The question is simple. Is there any solid proof that Luther really thought ...
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Why blame for Jesus's death

My understanding is that Christians believe that Jesus died in order that his death might effect atonement for their sins. Over the years, there's been a lot of assigning blame for his death. Why has ...
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What is the Old Testament basis for the position that God is a God of love, compassion, and mercy?

Love, compassion and mercy are typically associated with the God of the New Testament, while the God of the Old Testament is typically associated with judgment and vengeance. However, the Bible also ...
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Why should we pray if God knows everything? [duplicate]

If God knows everything, then why do we pray? For example, my dad is in the hospital, and he's really sick. So I pray to God to help my dad get better. Doesn't God know he's in the hospital and in ...
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What does it mean to “Believe in Jesus” [closed]

Pastors state that one must believe in Jesus in order to go to heaven. What does "believe in Jesus" mean and how do you support your answer? I've asked Christians, but they most often respond that ...
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Should Catholic christians be obligated to use in vitro fertilisation? If not, why not?

I've been talking with friends about different methods of contraception and the relationship of the Catholic church towards them. If I understand correctly, most widespread means of contraception ...
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When was the title of “Mother of God” first ascribed to Mary?

I understand that the phrase "Mother of God" appears in the prayer commonly referred to as the "Hail Mary" prayer. I'm wondering, though, what the origin is of the phrase "Mother of God". Did it ...
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Did Adam and Eve ever practice animal sacrifice?

Genesis 8:20 (NIV) Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. Noah sacrificed burnt offerings. What ...
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Which is more important to the Roman Catholic Church today: Church unity or the actual text of scripture?

I recently did some study on the fact that Augustine objected to Jerome translating the OT into Latin from the Hebrew instead of the Greek because there were significant differences in the texts. ...
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In what way does the author of Hebrews argue that every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution?

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or ...
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Is there any proof from the Bible that the second Person of the Trinity was the Only-begotten Son of the Father before His incarnation?

Do we have any proof from the Bible that the second Person of the Trinity was the Only-begotten Son of the Father before His incarnation?
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What Biblical support for praying to the saints is usually cited by those Christians who practice that? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Praying to people outside the Trinity What is the Basis for the solicitation of prayers from dead saints I understand that those who practice praying to the saints rely ...
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What does the bible say about sundays? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What does the Bible say Christians should or should not do on the Sabbath? In the Bible it says that the 7th day should be set aside and be holy. It is the day of rest. ...
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Question about the PCUSA treatment of Scriptures [duplicate]

I read an article the other day about the PCUSA church, and I will preface this question with the disclaimer that I have not done extensive research on the church, but it said that they hold the Bible ...
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What do the Apologists mean by three persons as “one in nature” if the Son and Spirit are not eternal?

The christology of the Apologists is known to be the Logos Christology. Their teaching is summarized as follows: Logos endiathetos - eternal reason within God Logos prophorikos - the spoken word of ...
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What is the meaning of Holy Spirit in Mark 3:28-29? [duplicate]

Mark 3:28-29 28 : Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 : but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; ...
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Was God living in darkness before the creation of light?

After reading this question, another question came to my mind. If God created the light only after the creation of the universe, then does it mean there was no light in Heaven? If we read the context ...
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What are the common arguments against theistic evolution? [closed]

What are the common arguments from Christians against the idea that God used evolution to create Earth over millions of years? This is not a place to argue. I'm interested in a rundown of the common ...
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Is smoking sinful? [closed]

I know among some Christian groups (e.g. Laestadians) almost everyone smokes, while some other groups are very strict about it. However, the Bible doesn't have cigarettes. Is smoking sinful?
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What is the true order of the days in a week?

Monday is the first day of the week, yet the Bible says that the first day of the week is Sunday. When the changes in our calendar were made? Why?
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Are white lies sometime justified? [closed]

I was pondering whether a sin is still a sin even if it is done with good intention or if it is destined by God in that way. There are instances where in order to avoid hurting others or have a ...
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The beast with seven heads and ten horns - Is it possibly the G-7 nations plus three more? [closed]

In Revelation, there are several references to the beast with seven heads and ten horns rising to world power. Rev. 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red ...
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Is Catholicism heretical due to perceived idolatry? [closed]

The King James Bible says, Exodus 20:3-6 KJV 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven ...
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Is Jesus God? Or part of God? These verses are from Gospels, what they tell is that Jesus can't be God [closed]

I just found out these verses, from one video on youtube, and wanted to ask if you have read them and know about them. What Christians think about Jesus? Do you think he is a God or (from trinity) ...
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Why has God punished every human for one person's sin?

God expelled Adam and Eve from the garden of Eden because Eve ate the fruit God told her not to. And this let evil into the world. If God loves every one, so much so that he let his son die for us, ...
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What are the primary differences and implications of a propitiatory view of the atonement versus an expiatory view?

Western theology tends to view atonement as propitiation, while Eastern tends to view it as expiation. What are the primary differences and implications of each perspective? Are they antithetical or ...
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Is Christianity a monotheistic religion?

One of the commandments states "place no other gods before me". Does this mean God is implying the existence of other gods, or why is this explicitly stated? The Biblical universe also includes a ...
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What is a Christian's justification for a legal prohibition of homosexual marriage?

Today President Obama came out as the first U.S. president to support gay marriage. In his address, he even quoted scripture to support his change of view. Love him or hate him, it seems clear that ...
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Who were the “giants” mentioned in the Bible?

I've come across several verses in the Bible that speak of "giants". For example: Gen 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the ...
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What is the history of the concept of a “personal relationship with Jesus”?

It is common these days to hear questions like: Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus? Or... The most important thing is your personal relationship with Jesus. The Bible never ...
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Why does God not show Himself beyond reasonable doubt? [closed]

In this answer I commented that Christians believe that "God does not show himself as this would take away free will", to which I was answered "The only reason he would not show himself it's that it ...
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Mental Illness vs. Demon Possession [closed]

Mental illness is a fairly recent idea (in terms of human history). As far as I know, the concept did not exist at all at the time the Bible was written. I have heard some Christians speculate that ...
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Prominent Theologians' answer to: What is “The Parable of the Shrewd Manager” about?

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager (full text below) is perhaps one of the hardest parables to interpret. At first glance it seems to be about rewarding dishonesty! What lesson is Jesus teaching His ...
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Where did Moses write about Jesus?

Jesus said that Moses wrote about Him: If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. John 5:46 Where did Moses write about Jesus? My thoughts were: And I will put ...
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Is the God Calvinists believe in unjust?

Who I am: ex worship leader / lifelong "Christian" of 18 years, now agnostic. Why I ask: If God is the way I am about to describe (unjust from a human perspective), why follow him? From my ...
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How is the Christian Jesus different from the Muslim Jesus?

Obviously they refer to the same human being, however what are some beliefs that Christians hold about Jesus that Muslims do not share. I ask this question in sort of an apologetic spirit so that I ...
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According to the Bible, do animals have souls?

Randy Alcorn claims in his book Heaven (page 374) that animals have souls, though not necessarily like humans. Is there any Biblical support for this?
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Why did Jesus protest before performing his first miracle?

In John 2:1-12 we read of Christ's first miracle, turning water into wine. Before he performs his miracle, though, he says to his mother: “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour ...
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What reasons does Christianity give for “Why There Must Be A God?”

I realize this question could also be addressed on Philosophy.SE, but I am very interested to get specifically the Christian perspective on this issue. I was raised Catholic, but have left the Church ...
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What is Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and how does it differ from water baptism? Do all Christians experience Baptism of the Holy Spirit? EDIT A few references to Baptisim of the Holy Spirit, or ...
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a Christian response to dying in dignity or assisted suicide?

There is a raging debate in the province of Quebec on the question "Does someone have the right to kill another because the first one is suffering?" There are more and more cases in the news that look ...
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What is the role of Mohammed in Bible?

With reference to the below verse: John 14:16 and 14:26, referring to a Paraclete ("comforter"), have been read by Muslims as a prediction that Muhammad will follow Jesus. John 14:16 "And I will ...
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How does Matthew 25:31-46 (“The Sheep and the Goats”) reconcile with salvation by faith?

In Matthew 25:31-46 (a passage subtitled "The Sheep and the Goats" in the NIV), Jesus seems to be drawing a direct relationship between good works and salvation. Matthew 25:31-46 NIV: 31 “When ...
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Who, and what, are the “chosen people”?

According to Deuteronomy 7:6, the Israelites are called the "chosen people". Who in fact are the chosen people, and does this include Christians? What sets the chosen people apart, are there special ...
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Did Augustine teach sola fide?

It is popularly taught that the reformers declared five distinctive elements of theology that differentiated them from Rome: salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for the ...
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How does Christ's hypostatic union affect the temporal nature of the Trinity?

The term hypostatic union is a concise way to say that Jesus was fully God and fully Man at the same time (glossing over the details). There are a number of opinions on the precise details of this ...

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